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August 24, 2014

Category: Performing Arts

LINKIN PARK: The Carnivores Tour

At a live multi-media press conference from MILK Studios in Los Angeles, Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda of LINKIN PARK and Jared Leto of THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS announced they will join forces this summer for The Carnivores Tour, with special guest AFI.

Fans were able to watch and participate in the hi-tech conference in real-time, through VyRT, an interactive social media theater that enables live events to be broadcast in high quality worldwide.

The Carnivores Tour, sponsored in-part by Infinity and promoted by Live Nation, will kick-off on Friday, August 8 in West Palm Beach at the Cruzan Amphitheatre and will hit 25 cities in every part of the country and will include three shows in Canada. The three multi-platinum bands will bring an unforgettable night of music featuring some of the biggest rock & alternative radio hits from the past decade.

In explaining the unusual name of the tour, co-lead singer of LINKIN PARK Mike Shinoda says, “Carnivores is a metaphor that is meant to convey an appetite for something visceral and substantive, and I feel that’s exactly the hunger this tour will feed.” Jared Leto of THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS adds, ‎”We are so excited to join our friends on this epic journey. It’s going to be the adventure of a lifetime.”

For tickets: www.Ticketmaster.ca

Air Canada Centre — 40 Bay Street

 
Date: August 24, 2014
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Steely Dan

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Walter Becker and Donald Fagen have announced that Steely Dan will hit the road again in 2014, taking their “Jamalot Ever After” Tour across the U.S. and Canada. At “Jamalot Ever After,” concertgoers can expect an evening of the same high-level of musical excellence.

Onstage, Donald and Walter will be joined by those same eight “brilliant” supporting musicians: Keith Carlock on drums, Freddie Washington on bass, Jim Beard on keyboards, Jon Herington on guitar, Michael Leonhart on trumpet and keys, Jim Pugh on trombone, Roger Rosenberg on baritone saxophone and Walt Weiskopf on saxophone, along with three “superb,” soulful songbirds: La Tanya Hall, Carolyn Leonhart-Escoffery and Cindy Mizelle. Together, they will treat audiences to selections from The Dan’s extraordinary four-decade catalog, rich with infectious tunes, bodacious harmonies, irresistible grooves, and sleek, subversive lyrics, punctuated by blazing solo work and rich ensembles.

For tickets: www.sonycentre.ca

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts — 1 Front St. East

 
Start: August 23, 2014
End: August 24, 2014
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15th AnnualScotiabank BuskerFest

15th AnnualScotiabank BuskerFest in support of Epilepsy Toronto.

Announces New and Returning Acts from around the Globe!

AUGUST 21-24, 2014 throughout the Downtown Yonge Neighbourhood.

Epilepsy Toronto is pleased to present their signature fundraising event, Scotiabank BuskerFest. In partnership with the Downtown Yonge BIA, they are proud to announce an outstanding roster of international and Canadian acts, both new and returning, for the 15th edition of Toronto’s international street performers festival. Scotiabank BuskerFest runs Thursday, August 21 to Sunday, August 24 throughout the Downtown Yonge Neighbourhood, from Queen to College Streets and surrounding areas (including Trinity Square Park and Yonge-Dundas Square).

An estimated one-and-a-half million spectators attended the festival last year – an astounding success for its first year along the downtown Yonge Street corridor. Organizers are anticipating at least as many this year, as more buskers than ever before – over 120 of the best street performers in over 50 acts from across the country and around the globe – bring their world-class talents to Canada’s most populous city.

Buskers retain proceeds from “the hat” passed after their performances except for shows on the Scotiabank Stage in Yonge-Dundas Square: for the first time ever, each performing act will be doing one performance on this stage over the course of the weekend, and all proceeds will go to Epilepsy Toronto!

 
Start: August 21, 2014
End: August 24, 2014
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Kristine Schmitt and Her Special Powers – Summer Sunday Music Series

<p>Sunday, August 24, 3pm – Trinity Square

What if you were having a jam session and you’d invited Bessie Smith, Jimmie Rodgers, Ola Belle Reed, Hank Williams and maybe Cliff Edwards and Ray Charles were gonna come over a little later, and you needed a band? Well, Kristine Schmitt and her Special Powers would be happy to help out!

Kristine’s songwriting somehow manages to sound both vintage and immediate. Brand-new tunes with an old-time urgency, you’re never quite sure if what you’re hearing was written last week or whether it’s a tune that’s been around the block a few times.

And the band? Her Special Powers (Jay Danley, Sam Petite and Burke Carroll) take Kristine’s powerful, pure delivery and add crackerjack swing guitar and bass and a gorgeous layer of lonesome steel guitar. Fold in some rare and unusual old tunes and that session is gonna have to go all night long!

www.facebook.com/KristineSchmittSpecialPowers

The Distillery District — 55 Mill Street

Date: August 24, 2014
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The Best of the Second City

The Second City Touring Company comes home to Toronto for an unforgettable night of classic and original sketch comedy and trademark improvisation. Featuring the next generation of talent, The Best of The Second City delivers some of our funniest material from the past fifty years, as well as wild unpredictable laughs inspired by the audience’s suggestions.
Located in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District, The Second City’s intimate cabaret-style theatre offers table service of an affordable food and bar menu throughout the performance.

Featuring The Second City’s National Touring Company:
Leigh Cameron, Devon Hyland, Hayley Kellett, Etan Muskat, Kirsten Rasmussen & Kevin Whalen.

Director: Paul Bates

Musical Director: Lee Cohen

Stage Manager: Meg Maguire

PERFORMANCES: MONDAYS at 8:00pm • $14.00

Find out more about our Dinner & Show packages. Student and Group Discounts available.

Box Office: 416-343-0011

The Second City — 51 Mercer Street, Toronto

Website: www.secondcity.com

 
Start: May 26, 2014
End: August 25, 2014
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Big Bad Wolf (vs. Lord Underwearface von Schtinker)

SUMMER MATINEES FOR ALL AGES!

Big Bad Wolf (vs. Lord Underwearface von Schtinker) is a hilarious musical romp that takes a new look at a children’s classic. Framed for heinous crimes by the evil von Schtinker, our unlikely hero, Big Bad Wolf, must enlist the help of his fairy tale friends to prove that things aren’t always as they seem. Featuring sing-alongs, goofy chases, and a true lesson in friendship, the interactive nature of the show will engage and delight children, while Second City’s sly humour ensures parents will be laughing along as well.
Suitable for all ages.

On Stage: July 3 – August 29, 2014.

Matinee performances! Each Wednesday & Thursday at 1pm

Tickets $14.00 Family 4-Packs $45.00.

Group pricing available for parties of 12 or more. Contact groupsales@secondcity.com

The Second City Theatre – 51 Mercer St., Toronto

Box Office: 416-343-0011

Website: www.secondcity.com

 
Start: July 3, 2014
End: August 29, 2014
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Play The Parks

Play the Parks is back for its second season! Everyone is invited to come join us at Trinity Square Park and College Park for FREE lunch time concerts featuring upcoming indie artists and different fitness classes that will get you moving! Soak in the summer sun and get re-energized!

Grab your lunch from your favourite Downtown Yonge BIA restaurants or food court, lounge on the colourful Adirondack chairs and listen to amazing performers. Performances every Thursday and Friday at noon throughout July and August. (With special performances during Pride week, see schedule below).

For details: www.downtownyonge.com/playtheparks/ and www.downtownyonge.com/events/play_the_parks_with_pride.html

 
Start: July 3, 2014
End: August 29, 2014
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Friday Night Spotlight

July 4, 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 7PM

They’re local, they’re awesome and they’re ready to turn your Friday nights upside down. Come out and enjoy the beautiful weather, meet a few friends and have a good time with some top notch talent!

Marc Joseph Band – July 4, 2014

Jason Wilson Band – July 11, 2014

Atom and the Volumes – July 18, 2014

Krista Earle – July 25, 2014

The Shakedown – August 1, 2014

Black Lady Soul – August 8, 2014

Unbuttoned – August 15, 2014

Stuck on Planet Earth – August 22, 2014

The Claytones – August 29, 2014

*All outdoor programming is weather permitting and subject to change without notice. Visit www.rosetheatre.ca for more details.

Venue: Garden Square at the Rose Theatre Brampton

 
Start: July 4, 2014
End: August 29, 2014
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Brampton Thursday Night Concert Series

June 1 to August 31, held Thurs. evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. The series offers a free concert in Gage Park in downtown Brampton. See the website for more information.

For more details: www.bramptondowntown.com

Location: Brampton, Ontario

The Mountaintop

July 16 – September 7.

A storm rages outside as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr settles into Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel. He is exhausted, having just delivered his powerful “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech about his hopes for the days ahead and the view he has seen of the Promised Land. When room service arrives, he meets a beautiful and slightly mysterious young hotel maid. Through their intimate and ultimately transformative conversation, we hear the hopes and fears of King – both the leader and the man – as he is forced to confront his destiny and his legacy. Critics called it “wondrous, hilarious, and heartbreaking.”

Three seasons ago we presented Suzan-Lori Parks Topdog/Underdog, in collaboration with Toronto’s highly respected Obsidian Theatre. Directed by their Artistic Director Philip Akin, the play moved into Toronto for a winter run where it gained more critical kudos and several awards. I am thrilled to reconnect and start another journey with Obsidian with Katori Hall’s beautiful and important play. – JM.

The Mountaintop is recommended for ages 14+

For tickets: www.shawfest.com or call the box office at 1.800.511.SHAW.

Venue: Studio Theatre — Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

 
Start: July 16, 2014
End: September 7, 2014
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Location: Shaw Festival